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The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom [9780008192815]

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Previously published as Nujeen

'She is our hero. Everyone must read her story. She will inspire you' - Malala Yousafzai

An inspiring tale of a young disabled girl and her escape from the hell of war. Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. Sharing her full story for the first time, Nujeen recounts the details of her childhood and disability, as well as the specifics of her harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Greece and finally to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.

Nujeen's story has already touched millions and in this book written with Christina Lamb, bestselling co-author of I Am Malala, she helps to put a human face on a global emergency. Trapped in a fifth floor apartment in Aleppo and unable to go to school, she taught herself to speak English by watching US television. As civil war between Assad's forces and ISIS militants broke out around them, Nujeen and her family fled first to her native Kobane, then Turkey before they joined thousands of displaced persons in a journey to Europe and asylum. She wanted to come to Europe, she said, to become an astronaut, to meet the Queen and to learn how to walk.

In her strong, positive voice, Nujeen tells the story of what it is really like to be a refugee, to have grown up in a dictatorship only for your life to be blighted by war; to have left a beloved homeland to become dependent on others. It is the story of our times told through the incredible bravery of one remarkable girl determined to keep smiling.

'A remarkable, brave girl and her family, Nujeen Mustafa - proud of you!' - Bear Grylls

'Remarkable . . . The fear, exhaustion and frustrations are palpable on every page' - The Times

'I read it in twenty-four hours - without a dry eye' - Paddy Ashdown

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Nujeen Mustafa
William Collins
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  • 5
    Looks like a very good book

    Posted by Margaret Allcock on 6th May 2017

    I have not yet read the book yet, so cannot comment at this moment. Just looking at it briefly it looks very good, so will give a 5

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